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It’s important to instill good oral habits in your child as soon as possible. Find out what you can do.
Do you notice that your child mimics the things you do? That’s because parents are typically a child’s main role model. They see what you do and try to imitate it. So, what are you doing to make sure that they practice good oral care? From the office of our Green Bay, WI, family dentists, Drs. Eric Ulve and Heidi Eggers-Ulve, find out what you should be doing to make sure your children maintain a healthy smile on their own. Talk to Green Bay Family Dental today.
Brushing and flossing according to your Bowmanville, ON, dentist
Your child is going to learn how to properly brush and floss their teeth and maintain good oral health through you. If you are someone who doesn’t floss every day or sometimes forgets to brush their teeth, then how do you expect your children to maintain good oral hygiene? Make brushing and flossing an activity that you share. Set a timer and make sure that you are both brushing for at least two minutes. Do this every morning after breakfast and at night before bed.
When it comes to flossing, things can get a bit trickier. But remember what we said about children imitating you? This can be a handy tool for teaching them to floss effectively. Show them exactly how you floss and have them watch you. Then floss their teeth to show them how it should feel. Soon enough, they will be able to take on the role themselves. If you need help teaching them, ask for some tips from your Green Bay family dentist.
Let Them Be Involved
While you will be the leader when it comes to showing them how to brush and floss you also want them to take charge sometimes, too. This means letting them go with you to pick their very own toothbrush. There are so many toothbrushes out there designed for children in mind. Let your child’s imagination run wild and let them choose a toothbrush that will have them want to brush.
Make it a routine and make it rewarding
Making a routine of your oral care regimen will also make it a habit for everyone in your family. Place a chart up on the fridge or on the bathroom door that reminds your children when to brush and floss. Every time they do so, put a sticker on the chart. By the end of the week let them turn in their stickers for a fun prize.
It’s also not a bad idea to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s lunch so that they can start making a habit of brushing after lunch while they are at school. If you give them the tools and make it easier for them they will pick up these habits and make them their routine, as well.
Don’t forget to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning! Turn to Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, to make sure that your child’s smile is healthy and free of decay! Schedule an appointment with your Green Bay family dentist Drs. Eric Ulve and Heidi Eggers-Ulve by calling (920) 432-2961.
Teaching your child how to properly care for their smile early on will be valuable for their future health.
Despite the fact that the teething process is certainly not the most fun for parents, it can be fun to see your child’s first teeth appear. At this point you may be wondering what you can do to keep their newly emerging teeth healthy. Our Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve, is here to provide you with helpful and simple ways to keep your child’s smile healthy for the long term.
Teach Brushing Techniques Early
Even though you’ll be brushing your child’s teeth in the very beginning, you will also want to show them how to do it. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and follow the toothpaste’s instructions so you know how much to use. You will most likely need to instruct your child on how to brush until around the age of 6 or 7 years old. Take turns brushing your little one’s teeth when you are first showing them how to do it. Doing it twice a day is key to making this part of your child’s daily routine.
Make Oral Care Entertaining
Brushing and flossing doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make this time spent with your child a fun one. Let them pick out a fun toothbrush and opt for child-friendly toothpastes with fun flavors. Choose a song that’s about 2 to 3 minutes long instead of putting on a boring timer and spent the time singing or bopping to music while brushing.
Provide a Reward System
Giving your child a reward system for brushing their teeth each morning and night is a great way to ensure that they keep up with their oral routine. Give them a sticker every time they brush. At the end of the week offer up a prize such as a toy they’ve been wanting or a treat from their favorite restaurant that will keep them excited to brush and floss their teeth.
Visit the Dentist
No matter how healthy your child’s smile might seem they will still need to come in every six months so that we can examine their teeth and gums and make sure there are no issues. These visits are also a great time to talk about how to care for their smile, whether braces might be a good option and to answer any questions you might have.
Whether you have questions about caring for your child’s smile or you need to schedule their first cleaning, you’ll always receive compassionate, comprehensive dental care at Green Bay Family Dental. Call us today!